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VOL. 38 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 26, 2014

HipD: Donelson finds its cool side

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

NashvilleNext planners move to next step

As the city shifts into fall, planners are gearing up for the final phase of NashvilleNext, a three-year long planning process that will have a major impact on growth and development patterns in Davidson County over the next 25 years.

UT architecture students help design Nashville’s future

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.


Take a right at Candyland, cruise down memory lane

Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.

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Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions August 2014

Top August 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Everyone wants Locker to succeed, but can he?

Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.


Vols hope to snap 20-game road slump vs. ranked opponents

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.


Waller adds health care attorneys

Waller has announced the hiring of Steven E. Blumenthal and Kristen F. Johns to the law firm’s Nashville office.


Finding inspiration at dawn in Albuquerque

There aren’t many things in life that will get me out of bed two hours before sunrise.


Steer clear of these five excuses for sales fails

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes,” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence.


The robotic rise of the S&P 500

The S&P 500 hit a new all-time high again last week for the 34th time so far this year. However, U.S. stocks appear increasingly detached.


Tone down distractions while seeking new job

When it comes to job seeking, sometimes less is more. Everything we do – from the clothes we wear to our resumes to our social media accounts – says something about us. These things are pieces of our personal brands.


Faulkner’s inspiration no match for iPhone glitch

OXFORD, Miss. – We are at Rowan Oak, Susan and I – 719 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Miss., USA.


Artichokes, zucchini and peaches, hot off the grill

This past weekend, my daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren came to visit us for a few days.


Metro school officials launch recruitment campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville Metro school officials have launched a campaign to compete with charter schools in recruiting students.


Haslam announces $28M in community grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has announced more than $28 million in community development grants to help improve infrastructure, health and safety projects and downtown improvements.

College campaign registers 1,000 new voters

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 1,000 Tennesseans registered to vote during a month-long drive on college campuses in September.


Falling oil prices drag US stock market lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell again Thursday, putting indexes on track for a fourth straight decline, as energy companies dragged down the broader market. Once again, economic concerns in Europe were translating into worries in the U.S.

US factory orders posted record drop in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.

Applications for US jobless benefits drop to 287K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.19 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago.

Eastman Kodak cutting 70 jobs in Rochester area

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Eastman Kodak says it will cut 70 jobs at its Rochester-area operations as it transitions to a smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.


Obama steps away from global crises to talk jobs

CHICAGO (AP) — While Washington's attention was focused on a Secret Service scandal, President Barack Obama slipped away for an overnight trip to his family home in Chicago and a speech Thursday to assure voters he is still focused on the economy.


Ball pours $1M of own money into Senate campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball is pouring $1 million of his own money into his campaign against Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander.

Herbert Slatery sworn in as Tennessee's 27th AG

NASHVILLE (AP) - Herbert Slatery was sworn in Wednesday as Tennessee's 27th attorney general, the first Republican to hold the office since Reconstruction.


HCA donates $1 million for CDC Ebola response

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville-based HCA has donated $1 million to the CDC Foundation to help support the international response to the Ebola epidemic.


Court denies records in Vanderbilt rape case

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals has denied access to records related to a Vanderbilt University rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.


New supercharged Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says a new high-performance version of the Chevrolet Corvette can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds.

Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan sales rose 18.5 percent to 102,955 in September. Sales of the newly revamped Rogue crossover jumped 52 percent, while sales of the electric Leaf were up 47 percent. Both are assembled in Smyrna.

GM: Parts are ready to fix recalled small cars

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide.


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.


US stocks drop sharply; Airlines sink

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and abroad.

Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds.

US construction spending down 0.8 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness.

US companies add jobs at healthy clip in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.

Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split?

NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.


AP-GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.


Parton helps celebrate Imagination Library program

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country legend Dolly Parton joined Gov. Bill Haslam in celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Imagination Library in Tennessee.


Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

Court: Tennessee must release execution information

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee must turn over the names of people involved in executions to the attorneys for 11 death row inmates, a state appeals court ruled.

State Supreme Court declines to hear TSSAA case

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of a court ruling that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is subject to the state's public records laws.

Court won't hear appeal in lover-in-closet case

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a woman who was convicted, along with her lover, in the slaying of her husband.


AG's inclusion in past all-white club shrugged off

NASHVILLE (AP) - Twenty-five years ago, the exclusionary reputation of a Knoxville country club led to a furor when the University of Tennessee feared that its first African-American basketball coach would be rejected based on race. Today, a membership in that club by the state's new attorney general has been met with barely a shrug.

Gov. Haslam tells Tennessee agencies to plan for cuts

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

GOP calls for Ball to withdraw from Senate race

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Republican Party is calling on Democratic Senate nominee Gordon Ball to drop out of the race over content lifted from other politicians on his campaign website.


US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.


Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered on mobile devices and Internet services.

EBay to split off lucrative PayPal business

NEW YORK (AP) — EBay is splitting off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, the e-commerce company said Tuesday.

AOL to feed more video, news to Microsoft's MSN

NEW YORK (AP) — AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising.

EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices.


FCC votes to end NFL 'blackout' rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market.

Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

Stocks slip, leaving S&P 500 down for September

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 index in the red for September.

US consumer confidence slides in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dropped in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August.

School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.

News Corp. to buy Move Inc. for about $950 million

NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. is spending about $950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc. in a deal that aims to speed up the media company's digital expansion.

China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

BEIJING (AP) — China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17.


Nearly 23K students register for free tuition plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly 23,000 students have registered to participate in Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.


MTSU sees nearly 5 percent enrollment drop

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is seeing an enrollment decrease of nearly 5 percent.

Hemlock Semiconductor donates land to Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A company that proposed a multibillion dollar polysilicon plant in Tennessee has donated 833 acres of land to Montgomery County.


Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.


Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.


Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.


Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

NEW YORK (AP) — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

US stocks slip following drops overseas

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after recovering most of an early slide.

ATM fees keep climbing, survey shows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

Lenovo looks to expand after IBM acquisition

BANGKOK (AP) — Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.

US awards $450M to link job training to industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training.


Criminal charges recommended for Ramsey, Harwell

NASHVILLE (AP) - A grand jury in Nashville on Friday recommended criminal charges be filed against the Republican speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate for failing to appoint an adequate number of women and minorities to a commission that decides whether Tennessee's appeals judges keep their jobs.


Craft beer pub to open at Nashville Farmers' Market

The Picnic Tap, which offer craft beer – featuring a changing array of local and regional craft beers – growler fill-ups for take-home and a locally-sourced charcuterie-based menu, is scheduled to open at the Nashville Farmers' Market on October 2.

Nashville Predators hosting blood drive Saturday

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.


Jason Aldean is engaged to Brittany Kerr

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country star Jason Aldean and former "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr are engaged.


Old prescription drugs being collected Saturday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials are urging Tennesseans to dispose of unneeded or leftover prescription drugs at drop-off locations around the state on Saturday.

TVA offering $1 billion of new 10-year power bonds

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is offering 10-year power bonds for the first time since 2012.

Haslam meets with bond rating agencies in New York

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee officials who met with ratings agencies in New York on Thursday say they were there to reinforce the state's sound financial footing rather than to ask for improved ratings.

Survey: Teacher support for standards decreasing

NASHVILLE (AP) - A recent survey shows support for Tennessee's Common Core standards is decreasing among teachers, even though advocates, including business leaders, say they're needed to prepare students for college and to compete in a global workforce.

Ball challenges Alexander to US Senate debates

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Thursday criticized incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander for refusing to participate in debates that would highlight differences on issues including abortion, education and guns.


Haslam presses ahead on Medicaid expansion talks

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still in talks over finding a way to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite pushback from fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.

Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.


Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.

Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

NEW YORK (AP) — New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X.


2 Wisconsin families settle with GM over crash

DETROIT (AP) — As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

Chrysler recalls vehicles to fix ignition switches

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.


Why rate hikes are good news for stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors.

US stocks end rocky week with a surge; Nike gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing out a turbulent week with a solid gain.

Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday or car title loan fees from creditors who are exploiting gaps in a 2006 military lending law.

US consumer sentiment index reaches 14-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. consumer confidence reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise.

Economy's Q2 rebound was even faster than thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

US Bank refunding $48M to credit card customers

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Bank is refunding about $48 million in the latest federal settlement by a major bank over improper billing for extra credit card products that customers didn't receive.

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